Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt a pang of insecurity about how you look? You’re not alone. Research by Dr Barnouti suggests there could be a link between our obsession with social media and a new phenomenon termed Social Media Body Image Disorder (SMBID).

What is SMBID?

Unlike full-blown Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), SMBID is a condition heavily fueled by social media. Signs include constantly taking/editing selfies, fixating on perceived flaws, comparing yourself to others online, and feeling anxious if your photos don’t get enough likes or positive comments.

The Pressure to be Perfect

While SMBID might not be a clinical diagnosis (yet), it highlights how social media feeds into our insecurities. We’re bombarded with filtered, posed, and idealised images that create a warped sense of what’s “normal” or “attractive.”

Getting Support

If SMBID is significantly affecting your life, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. There are resources and support available.

Understanding SMBID is the first step to breaking free from the comparison trap. Social media can be a great tool, but remember, it’s not real life. Let’s create a healthier online environment where body positivity and self-acceptance thrive!

Download Dr. Barnouti’s research for further insights and actionable tips.